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France should avoid “knee-jerk reaction” to far-right party win

France should avoid “knee-jerk reaction” to far-right party win

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French leftist parties must prove that they can provide a viable alternative to the National Front, according to an EU delegate. This comes immediately after the party's record breaking majority in the 1st round of the country’s regional elections. Achieving almost 30% of the vote, and coming top in six out of 12 regions, Marine Le Pen’s socially conservative and eurosceptic party has steadily been rising in the polls for months. These results come just weeks after the November Paris terrorist attacks, during which 130 people died at the hand of ISIS perpetrators. Following the release of the results on Sunday evening Le Pen’s niece and member of the French Parliament, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, gave a triumphant speech on France 3 Provence-Alpes. She asserted that the FN were now

#YouAintNoMuslimBruv… Hashtag Activism, yay or nay?

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A commuter was stabbed in the throat by a young man at Leytontone Tube Station, December 5th, Saturday night. In a video taken by a witness, one can hear a man calling out to the attacker saying "You ain't no muslim bruv... you ain't no muslim." This statement has since become a major trending topic on twitter. People from all over the world have voiced their support by using the hashtag #YouAintNoMuslimBruv as way to unite against the negativity muslims face on the daily thanks to the attacks by ISIS. Hashtags, which were initially used to spread information in a categorical manner, have now become a useful way to get your voice heard in the digital world.   Popular Social Awareness Hashtags Major social protests worldwide have occurred thanks to the p

Man charged after Labour MPs accused anti-war campaign for violent language

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A man has been charged for malicious communications to a Labour MP on Sunday, according to Scotland Yard.  Craig Wallace, 23, has been charged with malicious communications on Facebook. In the last week, MPs backing the bombardments against ISIS have received bullying comments and death threats through social media. Wallace has been arrested after Simon Danczuk, one of the 66 Labour MPs backing the governments for the military engagement in the Middle East last Wednesday, publicly denounced to have received death threats on Facebook. Several Labour MPs have accused Stop the War Coalition (SWC) - the name of the anti-war campaign - of fostering violence and rough comments over the weekend. Tristram Hunt, a Labour MP who also voted with the government last wednesday, publicly accused
Drop in number of adoptions leads to stagnation of entire process

Drop in number of adoptions leads to stagnation of entire process

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The falling number of adoption placements has resulted in a dramatic “slowdown” of the adoption process, according to leading adoption charities. Government's assessment of this drop in the number of children placed for adoption will be questioned by Baroness Oona King in the House of Lords on Tuesday. First4Adoption spokesperson Chris Burton told Westminster World that several adoption agencies in the country have temporarily suspended recruiting adopters for younger children. Agencies are now starting to close their doors to new inquiries, confirmed chief executive of Adoption UK, Hugh Thornberry. “The adoption sector is caught between seeing the highest numbers of children entering the care system in 30 years and perversely, a huge reduction in the number of adoption decisio
Britain needs a new ‘kindertransport’ to save child refugees

Britain needs a new ‘kindertransport’ to save child refugees

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Britain needs to bring unaccompanied child refugees in Europe to safety like it did before World War II, said Save the Children. This message is echoed by Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron in his Private Members Bill. On Tuesday Farron will urge government to support his bill and programme to take in 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea, who have been displaced by conflict. “If the UK government will step up and accept just 3,000 of these children, who have been processed by UNHCR and have been confirmed as having no identifiable family, then we can go on to press the rest of Europe, and indeed the world’s, governments to do the same,” Farron wrote in a statement. Referring to the 10,000 Jewish children Britain rescued from Nazi Germany

TechCrunch announced the competitors for the Startup Battlefield in London

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On December 7, TechCrunch named the startups that will compete for £30,000 at the Startup Battlefield in London. This conference is held every year in several cities across the world, and this week it is hosted in London. Except for money, this award gives the startups a specific status. Since TechCrunch Disrupt was launched, over 500 companies has taken part in the competition, including global brands such as Yammer, Mint.com and Dropbox, and they have raised more than $5.7 billion in funding collectively. The list of companies fighting for this status includes the producer of intelligent connected car vision system Caruma Technologies, the startup making persona robots Emotech / Olly, the service that lets upload energy bills and get savings and insights EnergyElephant, the
Bitwalking: generate money by walking

Bitwalking: generate money by walking

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Bitwalking dollars is set to revolutionise how you can earn money and also help the environment.  A new digital currency is being launched where anyone can earn simply by walking around.  The App is designed to count and verify your steps as you get paid for moving from place to place. The currency was launched last weekend in Malawi, Kenya, Japan and the UK.  The Go! app is free, but requires an invite from Bitwalking to download it from outside these countries. Walking is good for the environment as it means fewer vehicles and less pollution for the planet. Because Bitwalking dollars (BW$) are earned by human movement it aims to support the reduction of global carbon footprint. In the final week of COP21, world leaders from 150 countries and thousands of environmentalists meet agai